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Ferguson Police Department Will Not Release Name Of Officer Involved In Michael Brown Shooting


The Ferguson police department will not release the name of the officer involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an incident that has grabbed the nation's attention and sparked outrage in the local community.

The move is an apparent shift after Chief Thomas Jackson initially said that the name would be released by 12 p.m. on Tuesday. The department reportedly chose to delay releasing the name out of fear for the officer's safety.

Police said Brown, who was unarmed, was shot multiple times Saturday after being confronted by a white officer in Ferguson, a town that is nearly 70 percent black. The FBI opened an investigation into Brown's death on Monday. Authorities have offered vague details about the confrontation but said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.

Local residents have taken to the Ferguson streets in demonstrations that have been both violent and peaceful. Demonstrators continued to clash with the local authorities well into Monday evening.

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